It’s amazing — but not surprising — at how many people are making fun of my mom about a comment in her speech in Iowa recently:
“‘The Man,’ can only ride ya when your back is bent.”
People went nuts over this, saying it didn’t make sense.
I wonder how many of them know that analogy came from Martin Luther King Jr? I’d say none of them. Or at least, no one is pointing it out. (UPDATE: Dave Weigel figured it out – thank you!) This is what MLK Jr. said (emphasis added):
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
The pundits either don’t know or don’t care that her comment was alluding to this famous quote.